At a time when there is a national housing shortage it is more important than ever that local authorities tackle the problem of empty properties.
Recognising the importance of this issue, we are at the forefront of this renaissance and are continuing to work with Action Housing to bring empty properties back into use.
The most recent project saw the former Co-op in Whitwell, which has been empty and derelict for many years, refurbished onto five spacious and affordable one-bedroom apartments.
This was welcome news to local residents as the building had begun to deteriorate whilst it had lain empty and it also provided much needed affordable accommodation for couples and single people who want to live in the village.
Working with Action Housing, we can now offer the flats to local people who need local properties through our housing register.
Prior to this, we also bought the Station Hotel and the old Miners Welfare buildings in Creswell back into use.
The former is now home to 15 modern apartments and the Miners Welfare now consists of 11 spacious and affordable one and two bedroom apartments, both offering affordable and modern living for single people or small families wanting to live in the village.
The first properties we accepted through our Empty Homes Scheme were in Carr Vale in 2011 and 2017. Located on Sutton Hall Road and Main Street, the empty properties were transformed and provided the new tenants with affordable, warm and efficient homes.
Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Sandra Peake said, “Demand for housing is increasing, so we want to do all we can to bring back into use any empty properties across the area. The longer a home is left empty the more likely it is to attract anti-social behaviour, fall into disrepair and become a source of anxiety to nearby residents.
“The partnership we have with action Housing has shown to be successful, so we want to build upon this and are doing all we can to assist owners and landlords with returning their properties to use for the benefit of the local community and our resident’s.”